Huawei moves to trademark its own OS while objecting to US ban
Huawei's response to the Android ban may be launching its own phone operating system called "Hongmeng."
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is moving to trademark the name of its operating system, "Hongmeng," in Peru. The Chinese tech giant is also objecting to its US ban through an ex parte letter to the Federal Communications Commission.
A trademark application for Hongmeng was filed with Peru's National Institute for the Defense of Free Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property (Indecopi) on May 27, Reuters reported Wednesday.
"Banning particular vendors on grounds of 'national security' will actually do little or nothing to protect the security of America's telecommunications networks," the memo says. "Rather, forcing network operators to rip out and replace their existing equipment would pose a greater threat to network stability and security."
The memo adds that the ban could cause the US to "violate its international trade obligations."
In an email, Huawei confirmed the validity of the letter published by CNBC.